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Former Staffer Alleges a String of Poor Decisions Made By Fox 5 Management

The changes at WNYW/Channel 5 since last July could fill a book. While it has become a revolving door in the evening, one constant has been the “other anchor.”

That would be Dari Alexander, who remains on set at 5 and 10 p.m., no matter if it’s with Ernie Anastos, Greg Kelly, or Steve Lacy. Readers of FishbowlNY have been leaving comments since the summertime anchor debacle about her ability.

Related: FishbowlNY, Major Anchor Changes Come to Fox 5

For example, last week, Alexander was caught inadvertently calling “sitting shiva” for Mayor Ed Koch as “shitting” shiva.

That led to these remarks on the posting:

Dari seems like a nice person, but speaking strictly on her work, she is easily the worst anchor in NYC. Completely [miscast].

Sad to say, she is horrible!

The sentiment about Alexander extends well beyond a handful of disgruntled viewers.

A former colleague who worked with Alexander tells FishbowlNY that her work ethic was non-existent.

“I’ve never worked with anybody who does less preparation before she gets on the air.” [She] seems to not really care where the show is going next or what’s really happening. [Alexander] just seems to be absolutely unaffected and oblivious to the consequences of that,” the former colleague says. “It was so strange. I had never worked with anybody like that.”

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A ‘Hairy’ Situation at Good Day New York

Good Day New York co-anchor Dave Price is marking is one-month on the job tomorrow in style. Unfortunately for WNYW news director Dianne Doctor, it’s not about the hair style.

On yesterday’s broadcast, Price shared an email from his boss, wanting him to “fix his hair.”

Rosanna Scotto asked how he responded, to which the former Good Day weatherman didn’t hold back.

“I can’t tell you how I responded. I mean, fix my hair? Would you stop already with the fix my hair? Here’s the deal,” Price said. ”This is the hair I was born with, this is the hair I’ve had on television for the past 15 years. And this woman is obsessed with my hair … Do I walk into her office and tell her to fix her hair? No. I’d be suspended.”

Scotto, clearly trying to shift the conversion to a more amenable topic, said, “OK. Let’s move along, shall we?”

In the first month since Greg Kelly was promoted to nights, morning powerhouse Good Day has lost its dominance. The July sweeps released last week ahead of the Olympics showed WPIX caught WNYW in the pivotal Adults 25 to 54.

Our sister site, TVSpy has more on today’s WNYW story.

WNYW Sports Anchor Duke Castiglione Gets Multi-Year Extension

You’ll be seeing a lot more of sports anchor Duke Castiglione. Sources tell FishbowlNY that he has agreed to a multi-year extension with the Fox O&O. Since joining WNYW five years ago, Castiglione has covered every major sporting event. But none has been bigger than the New York Giants’ stirring Super Bowl XLII run. Castiglione capped the Giants’ dream season hosting the post-game show, and subsequent victory parade for Channel 5.

As the G-Men look toward a repeat, Castiglione, 39, will co-host the Giants season kick-off special, Defending the Throne, September 1 on sister station WWOR.

“Duke gives NY sports fans more than just scores and highlights; viewers get an all-access pass to their favorite sports teams,” WNYW news director Dianne Doctor, says. “His exceptional reporting continues to be an asset to our station and representative of our dedication to local sports coverage.”

Castiglione’s sports duties include hosting the long-running weekend wrap-up program Sports Extra, Sundays at 10:30 p.m. In addition, he covers Yankee post-games for Channel 9. The next game is August 14 versus the Texas Rangers.

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Forecast is Sunny for WNYW Meteorlogist Shay Ryan, Heading to Tampa

Perhaps the heat wave wasn’t providing enough warmth for Shay Ryan. The WNYW/Channel 5 weekend meteorologist is on her way to a TV station in Tampa. FishbowlNY has been told Ryan starts the new gig immediately.

Ryan, who took over weekends in 2010, began at sister station WWOR/Channel 9 in 2008.

She spent eight years at WXYZ in Detroit. Ryan is married to former WNBC reporter Glenn Zimmerman.

There’s no mention of a replacement for Ryan, but one-time WNBC and WCBS meteorologist John Marshall is on the sidelines. He worked for many years under Channel 5 news director Dianne Doctor.

WNYW could not be reached for comment.

Breaking: WNYW Brass Meet for Greg Kelly Damage Control

It’s just over two weeks since WNYW/Channel 5 made wholesale changes to its on-air product. Front and center was the promotion of Greg Kelly from Good Day New York to evening anchor. His move to 10 p.m. with Dari Alexander sent market icon Ernie Anastos to the sidelines. He remains on the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Multiple sources close to the situation say three high-ranking Fox executives met yesterday with WNYW VP/GM Lew Leone for “damage control.”

FishbowlNY has learned that Jack Abernathy, Dennis Swanson, and Sharri Berg met with Leone, although news director Dianne Doctor was a no-show.

One source says the trio came to 67th Street to “figure out how to handle Greg in the 10 o’clock news.”

With Kelly at night, Dave Price stepped into Good Day with Rosanna Scotto. FishbowlNY readers have given mixed reviews, to be kind, about Price’s performance and his chemistry with Scotto.

Our readers also offered strong opinions about Kelly’s transformation to night time. Most prefer Kelly on mornings, where he spent four years, bouncing off Scotto. One reason is because Kelly brings much of his daytime style to the more subdued evening broadcast.

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WNYW Names New Senior Executive Producer

WNYW/Channel 5 has hired veteran producer Byron Harmon as the new senior executive producer of the Fox 5 News at Ten.

Harmon, who begins at the East 67th Street studios tonight, most recently held the same title at CNN International. While there he oversaw productions in Atlanta, London, Abu Dhabi, and Hong Kong, broadcasting more than 19 live hours a day and reaching more than 220 million people worldwide.

Harmon is reunited with WNYW general manager Lew Leone and news director Dianne Doctor, both of whom were his bosses at WCBS/Channel 2. Harmon was an executive producer and 5 p.m. line producer at WCBS. Earlier in his career, he was a line producer at WNBC/Channel 4.

Harmon replaces David Hatcher.

Veteran Sports Anchor Len Berman Resurfaces at Channel 5

Len Berman had more than two decades as WNBC’s sports director. But in 2009, the high-profile sportscaster became one of the biggest cost cutting casualties at 30 Rock.

However, in the interim, this has been no hiatus for Berman. In the ensuing months and years, he maintained a strong work ethic. There were twice-a-week radio appearances on WOR, and a resurrection of his signature “Spanning the Globe” highlight package for a monthly segment at NBC’s Today Show.

Berman put another two children’s sports book on the shelf, with a third coming later this year, and has become a “go-to” media guest as a “Sports Anchor Emeritus.”

Perhaps his most consistent piece of work since leaving WNBC (though it started before that) is a daily Website: Thatssports.com. There, and in a subscribed email, Monday through Friday, Berman waxes about the Top 5 sports moments.

Adding to his various endeavors, Berman, 64, is back on local TV. Under the radar, he joined WNYW/Channel 5 three weeks ago as a contributor. The taped 60-second Top 5 segment airs every Thursday on the Fox 5 News at 10. Berman is assured of getting a great lead-in through May, thanks to American Idol.

“Hopefully that’s why they put it there,” Berman laughs.

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Former WNYW/Channel 5 Reporter Andrea Day ‘Excited’ to Take Career in ‘Different Direction’

Andrea Day, the high-energy 14-year WNYW/Channel 5 reporter, left the station last Wednesday, after failing to have her contract renewed.

But Day tells FishbowlNY that it was her decision to leave—looking to spread her wings in a new venture.

“It was time, as a person, to do more than that,” Day admits. “I wanted to move in a different direction.”

However, Day, isn’t ready to offer any specifics about her next move. 

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